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Buffalo Bill

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This Western loosely reimagines the life of legend William "Buffalo Bill" F. Cody (Joel McCrea), covering everything from his friendship with the Cheyenne to his rise to fame after journalist Ned Buntline (Thomas Mitchell) romanticized his exploits. Later in his life, Cody falls into obscurity in the wake of controversy and tragedy involving his wife, Louisa (Maureen O'Hara), and their son. He eventually regains his celebrity, however, when he joins a popular Wild West--themed sideshow.

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Joel McCrea
William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody
Maureen O'Hara
Louisa Frederici Cody
Linda Darnell
Dawn Starlight
Thomas Mitchell
Ned Buntline
Edgar Buchanan
Sgt. Chips McGraw
Anthony Quinn
Chief Yellow Hand
Moroni Olsen
Sen. Frederici
Frank Fenton
Murdo Carvell
Matt Briggs
Gen. Blazier
George Lessey
Mr. Schyler Vandervere
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Critic Reviews for Buffalo Bill

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  • Feb 17, 2012
    Bill Cody(Joel McCrea), a scout, is minding his business before he comes to the rescue of Senator Frederici(Moroni Olsen) and his daughter Louisa(Maureen O'Hara) from a band of rogue Indians, drunk 'on the white man's whiskey,' which is all witnessed by New York Herald reporter Ned Buntline(Thomas Mitchell). That's not the only way Bill proves himself useful as he negotiates a peace between the white man's government and Chief Yellow Hand(Anthony Quinn), whose life Bill once saved and is now worried about the effect the coming railroad will have on his people. However, Bill needs help from Dawn Starlight(Linda Darnell), a schoolteacher, in responding to Louisa's invitation to dinner. While making great use of technicolor, "Buffalo Bill" is uneven at times with odd bursts of awkward comic relief. Overall, it pays repsect to the spirit, if not the person, of Buffalo Bill Cody. Along these same lines, the movie honors the people and traditions of the Indian tribes who acted in self-defense while raising questions about what truly constitutes civilized behavior, especially when it comes to the senseless slaughter of buffalo herds, sometimes more graphically depicted than I was expecting. Sadly, there are also signs that this movie is of the time period it was made, indicated by Linda Darnell being cast as an Indian woman.
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